Mike Paulus

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Fri. Sep. 22nd, 2017

It's Coming in the Air

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

when everything is about the change

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Autumn is a Time to Grow Strong

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

One October night a few a years ago, after weeks of spooky storybooks and scary Halloween movies, my son asked me if monsters were a real thing. I said, “Well, I’ve never seen one. What do you think?”

Fri. Sep. 8th, 2017

Sod Goals

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

just one more reason autumn makes me happy

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Aug. 25th, 2017

CityLab Profiles Eau Claire

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

City Lab is a big deal. An offshoot of The Atlantic – yes, that Atlantic – the online publication is "committed to telling the story of the world’s cities: how they work, the challenges they face, and the solutions they need." So when they write about Eau Claire, as they did today ...

Wed. Aug. 23rd, 2017

About August

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

a quick look at summer’s final third

Fri. Aug. 11th, 2017

On the Hook

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

the adventure of fake fishing in a church parking lot

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017

Heat Lightning

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

staring at the horizon all summer long

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Bright Ideas: Fun Writing Prompts for Summer

Mike Paulus

The hardest part about writing is usually getting started. That’s why writing prompts are a great tool for scribes of any age – they take away the pressure of conjuring up an amazing idea. It’s like a simple game to play: No judgment on how it turns out because it’s just for fun. Check out some prompts below to get the writers in your life scribbling away ...

Tue. Jul. 11th, 2017

Beyond the Rocket

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

let us not forget that other notable slide o’ yore

Wed. Jun. 28th, 2017

Can You Believe It's Magic?

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Sarah Denis

summertime in Wisconsin is a season of many wonders

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jun. 19th, 2017

Modicum Brewing Opens July 7

Mike Paulus

Modicum Brewing – a collaboration between brewmaster Eric Rykal (formerly of Lucette Brewing Company in Menomonie and The Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire) and business partner Mike Blodgett – looks set to open on July 7 ...

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Jun. 16th, 2017

Video: The Shouting Matches at Oxbeaux

Mike Paulus

In case you missed it, check out The Shouting Matches (Justin Vernon, Phil Cook, Jill Heinke Moen, and Brian Moen) opening up their set Thursday night (June 15) at The Oxbow Hotel ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jun. 14th, 2017

PHOTOS: Eaux Claires Fans at Peak Eaux Claires

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth

We've taken many a photograph over the past two Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festivals, as all kinds of fantastic people converge upon the Chippewa Valley from around the world. Enjoy a handful of music fans who seem extra-at-home at Eaux Claires.

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Shrub Me the Wrong Way

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

What can one do when confronted with offensive hedgery?

Wed. May. 31st, 2017

Sweet Inspiration

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor opens in downtown Eau Claire

Baroque On the Rise!

Thu. May. 25th, 2017

The memorable Baroque sculpture from last year's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival now has a home alongside the Chippewa River in Eau Claire. Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi's team ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. May. 22nd, 2017

Is Eau Claire the “best small town” in Wisconsin?

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Here’s yet another internet list on which we find the fair city of Eau Claire. Thrillist’s recent rundown of THE BEST SMALL TOWN TO VISIT IN ALL 50 STATES explores America’s small towns as inexpensive travel destinations ...

Thu. May. 18th, 2017

Carni-Fall

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

running down some county fair flashbacks

Tue. May. 9th, 2017

Gust Cause

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

the answer is not blowing in the wind

Thu. Apr. 20th, 2017

The 5 People You Meet at a 4-Way Stop

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

All over the city, strange little pockets of insanity are nestled at the intersections of our fair roadways. Few of us seem to understand how to navigate these asphalt obstacles, making out our own rules as we go along ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Apr. 19th, 2017

Woo's Pagoda Needs Help ... SOON

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh

It looks like the fabled 18-foot tall pagoda which used to adorn the now gone Woo's Pagoda restaurant on Hastings Way in Eau Claire needs a new storage facility by May 15 or ...

Fri. Apr. 7th, 2017

Grand Little Bridge

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

some things you may not think about when crossing the river

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Apr. 7th, 2017

Spotted in Eau Claire: Community Care Cabinet

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Check out this thoughtful "Community Care Cabinet" set up right outside Smiling Moose Deli across from the Downtown Eau Claire Farmers Market in Phoenix Park. A note on the door reads …

Tue. Mar. 21st, 2017

It Hit Her on the Head

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

a strange tale of Chinese food and minor head injury

Fri. Mar. 17th, 2017

Feathery Fury! citywide pillow fight returns

Mike Paulus

’s dubbed a “celebration of foolishness,” but it’s no joke: A citywide pillow fight will really be held at 4pm Saturday, April 1, in the courtyard of the Oxbow Hotel, at the corner of Galloway and Barstow Streets ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Feb. 28th, 2017

City Seeking Board Members for New Public Arts Council

Mike Paulus

Check out this press release from the organizers of a new Public Arts Council in Eau Claire, working to "enrich the lives of the residents of Eau Claire through the acquisition, preservation, and presentation of artworks in both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, and by ..."

Fri. Feb. 24th, 2017

Puddle Jump

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

learning from unexpected winter warmth

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Feb. 24th, 2017

WATCH: Haymarket Plaza Concept Video

Mike Paulus

A week after releasing new concept images for the forthcoming Haymarket Plaza, planners have produced a video to match. Downtown Eau Claire Inc. posted it to their Facebook page Friday, Feb. 24. Check it out ...

Kalispell - Live at Hive Studio (Eau Claire)

Fri. Feb. 24th, 2017

As locals know, Shane Leonard has been playing and touring as a percussionist and multi-instrumentalist with several bands for the past few years like Field Report, The Stray Birds, and not to mention ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Feb. 16th, 2017

NEW IMAGES: Haymarket Plaza Concept

Mike Paulus

Released Tuesday (2-14) during a work session following the Eau Claire City Council’s bi-weekly meeting, we can now check out concept renderings for the Haymarket Plaza which are far more official than anything we’ve seen before ...

Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

The Facewash

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

walking with worry in the wintertime